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Over 150 Events Planned on 3rd Anniversary of Downing Street Memo

Congressional Town Hall Meetings, Public Forums, Dramatic Recreations, House Parties, Rallies, and Study Circles on July 23, 2005


On July 23, 2005, events around the United States will mark the three-year anniversary of the meeting at #10 Downing Street in London, England, that was recorded in the now infamous minutes known as the "Downing Street Memo."

At least eight events will be hosted by or participated in by Members of Congress, including John Conyers in Detroit, Jim McDermott in Seattle, Barbara Lee in Oakland, Maxine Waters in Los Angeles, and Maurice Hinchey in New York. Congressman Charles Rangel will host an electronic town-hall meeting, answering questions from his New York constituents on the internet, from noon to 1 p.m., July 22. Congressman Xavier Becerra will host an event in Los Angeles on July 30, and Congressman Barney Frank in Boston on July 31.

Co-Founder of the After Downing Street Coalition, constitutional attorney John Bonifaz will speak at a town hall meeting on July 23rd in Northampton, Mass.

On July 23rd, in over 150 towns and cities, prominent speakers and ordinary citizens will hold public forums, perform dramatic recreations of the Downing Street meeting, and host house parties and study circles. Sixty-six events and counting are listed online at For details on events in any part of the country, see this map: . Another 16 events on surrounding days are also listed on the site.

In addition, Congressman Conyers' office has organized 105 house parties through their website. See

Conference Call for House Parties:
Congressman Conyers and former Ambassador Joseph Wilson will participate in a national conference call with house party attendees from 4 to 4:30 p.m. ET. For details, contact Jonathan Godfrey at 202-744-7441 or .

Blogging All Day:
Bloggers will report on events from around the country during the day at

Action Across the Atlantic:
On July 23rd, at 2 p.m. GMT just outside the gates to Downing Street in London, England, a group of actors and activists will perform a dramatic recreation of the Downing Street Memo as a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The event is being organized by members of Bedford Stop the War, a member of the Stop the War Coaltion, and of After Downing Street. For more information, contact Linda Jack at (44) 7793556099, or

E-Town Hall on the 22nd:
Congressman Charles Rangel's E-town hall meeting will begin at 1 p.m. ET on July 22nd. For more information, go to:

Agenda for National Day of Events:
The agenda at various of these events will include speeches, panel discussions, viewing of DVDs, dramatic recreations of the Downing Street Minutes, debates, writing postcards and letters to congress members and senators not present, writing letters to the editor, training participants in effective lobbying, honoring local fallen soldiers, and planning local marches and flyering campaigns – with such actions in some cases immediately following the event. Resources for these events have been made available by the After Downing Street Coalition at

Participants around the country will be encouraged to
• promote coverage of the Downing Street Minutes by their local media,
• gather signatures on Congressman Conyers' letter to the President asking for explanations of the Downing Street Minutes (there are now 131 signatures by congress members and over 576,984 by U.S. citizens),
• promote support for a Resolution of Inquiry expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives,
• promote support for a Resolution expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives, which would create a select committee to investigate reports of a pre-war deal between the United Kingdom and the United States and evidence that pre-war intelligence was intentionally manipulated.
• lobby the Senate Intelligence Committee to conduct the investigation of pre-war intelligence that it has failed to follow through on.

Details for Each Event:
For details on events in any part of the country, see this map: Here are a few:

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Wayne State University Law School Auditorium
Meeting Local Start Time: 2:00pm
471 W. Palmer Street
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Grand Lake Theatre
Meeting Local Start Time: 11:00am
3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, California 94610

Congressmen Jim McDermott
Seattle Labor Temple
Meeting Local Start Time: 1:00pm
2800 First Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98121

Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Covenant Worship Center at Legacy Hall
Meeting Local Start Time: 12:00pm
425 South La Brea Avenue
Inglewood, California 90301

New York City Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by The Nation and and Progressive Democrats of America
Speakers: Congressman Maurice Hinchey, former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman, Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes, and as moderator President of Bob Fertik.
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St.
New York, NY is a rapidly growing coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, which launched on May 26, 2005, a campaign to urge the U.S. Congress to begin a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war.



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It should not even be private organizations pushing for an investigation of Bush lies about justifying going to war in Iraq. The upright thing to do is for Congress to push for an investigation because this is the credibility of the United States which is being questioned. How could we even face our international neighbors with such corruption. Acts like what Bush did can be expected of Third World corrupt nations but not of the bastion of democracy, The United States of America. It's time for Republicans to put aside their ideology and start being human beings.


Do you belive in Santa Claus also. Where are the facts to support this anfantile statement?

Many are fooled by rhetoric or an inherant belief that their leader would not wage a war of aggression. Like you, they are in denial.

Wake up brother!

why are you hanging around this web site?

YOU are a fool! - one of the true deaf - dumb and blind!

Do you feel safer knowing he lied to you?

If you believe that then you are truely brain washed. George W. Bush is more harmful to the american people than the terrorists are. At least the terrorists dont try to take away our constitutional rights. At least the terrorists don't lie to our nation. At least the terrorists don't send there own people to fight in an unjust war just to get money to their friends.

one of the most vocal opponents of U.S. intervention in World War II: Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy, who was one of Roosevelt's top fundraisers, the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain and father of John F. Kennedy, who would later become America's 35th president.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the eldest of the ambassador's sons, wrote his father with his own observations of the global conflict. Hitler's "dislike of the Jews ... was well-founded," the younger Kennedy explained in his letter.

"In every revolution, you have to expect some bloodshed. Hitler is building a spirit in his men that could be envied in this country," wrote Kennedy, Jr., expressing an opinion his father shared.

Isn't that what you really think about Saddam?

the credibility of the United States already is questioned. It is up to Amrican people to decide before get late. It is compensatable. Ask God’s forgivenes first. And pray give us wisdom to leaders and change every thing to His way not bush way. International neighbors will be helpful when we act with them as jesus act in the world. And told us to be. If we humble our selves The sicuation in God’s will be change for good. Corruption will change to prosper. And it is very important Bush repent and humble himsel before God. Not only the Third World need democracy, we as nation of The United States of America. nee democracy too. I believe also It's time for Republicans to put aside their ideology and start being human beings.

The USA has become a rogue state. If we tolerate it in the USA it means that we have given up our rights to a tyrant or we just don't care. If we are in the latter category, we are complicit.

Anyone that has read the Downing Street Memo (Minutes), and the associated minutes prior and after the Downing Street Memeo? Would know that "stonewalling" the American Public ISN'T going to make Mr. Bush's crime(s) go away.
If these politicians think that we are going to ignore this outright crime?...They ARE living in Disneyland!
I'll be attending my Representatives meeting.
Don't rest.

Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance (1996)

by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade of The National Defense University

"In assessing the future utility and applicability of Rapid Dominance, it is crucial to consider the political context in which force is likely to be employed. As we enter the next century, the probability is low that an over-riding, massive, direct threat posed by a peer-competitor to the US will emerge in the near term.

Without compelling reasons, public tolerance toward American sacrifice abroad will remain low and may even decrease. This reluctance on the part of Americans to tolerate pain is directly correlated to perceptions of threat to US interests. Without a clear and present danger, the definition of national interest may remain narrow."

"Many challenges or crises in the future are likely to be marginal to US interests and therefore may not be resolvable before American political staying power is exhausted. In
this period, political micro-management and fine tuning are likely to be even more prevalent as administrations respond to public sentiments for minimizing casualties and, without a threat or compelling reason, US involvement."

"Americans prefer not to intervene, especially when the direct threat to the US is ambiguous, tenuous, or difficult to define."

"Second, it is relatively clear that current US military capability will shrink. Despite the pledges of the two major American political parties to maintain or expand the current level of defense capability, both the force structure and defense infrastructure are too large to be maintained at even the present levels and within the defense budgets that are likely to be approved. Unless a new menace materializes, defense is headed for less of the same. Such reductions may have no strategic consequences. However, that is an outcome that we believe should not be left to chance."

"In both relative and absolute terms, since the end of World War II, the military strength and capability of the United States have never been greater. Yet this condition of virtual military superiority has created a paradox. Absent a massive threat or massive security challenge, it is not clear that this military advantage can always be translated into concrete political terms that advance American interests."

"Beyond prudence, however, it is clear that without a major threat to generate consensus and to rally the country around defense and defense spending, the military posture of the United States will erode as the defense budget is cut."

"The absence of a direct and daunting external security threat is, of course a most obvious aspect of the difficulty in defining the future defense posture of the nation. The United States has long resisted maintaining a large standing military and the Cold War years could prove an aberration to that history. Extending this historical observation of small standing forces, it is clear that there is no adversary on the horizon even remotely approaching the military power of the former USSR. While we might conjure up nominal regional contingencies against Korea or Iraq as sensible planning scenarios for establishing the building blocks for force structure, it will prove difficult to sustain the current defense program over the long term without a real threat materializing to rally and coalesce public support."

"Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski publishes a book in which he portrays the Eurasian landmass as the key to world power, and Central Asia with its vast oil reserves as the key to domination of Eurasia. The attitude of the American public toward the external projection of American power has been much more ambivalent. "The public supported America's engagement in World War II largely because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor", he says. Because of popular resistance to US military expansionism, his Central Asian strategy can not be implemented except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat."

From "The Terror Timeline" by Paul Thompson

"History is replete with instances in which warnings signs were ignored and change resisted until an external improbable event forced resistant bureaucracies to take action. The question is whether the US will be wise enough to act responsibly and soon enough to reduce US space vulnerability. Or whether, as in the past, a disabling attack against the country and its people - a space Pearl Harbor - will be the only event able to galvanize the nation and cause the US government to act."

-The Rumsfeld Commission (assigned to assess US National Security Space Management and Organization) January 11, 2001

"You and other Democrats in Congress have voiced fear that you simply don't have enough money for the large increase in defense that the Pentagon is seeking, especially for missile defense, and you fear that you'll have to dip into the Social Security funds to pay for it.

Does this sort of thing convince you that an emergency exists in this country to increase defense spending, to dip into Social Security, if necessary to pay for defense spending- increase defense spending?"

-Donald Rumsfeld (speaking to Senator Carl Levin) September 11, 2001

"To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan, but for what happened on September 11."

Tony Blair (July 2002)

From "The Terror Timeline" by Paul Thompson

"You show me one reporter, one commentator, one member of Congress who thought we should invade Afghanistan before September 11, and I'll buy you dinner in the best restaurant in New York City."

Sandy Berger (former National Security Advisor)

- "The Cell" by John Miller, Michael Stone, and Chris Mitchell, 8/02, P.219

"A question has been asked whether or not there is evidence that other hijackings and attacks were prevented by the actions that were taken that day. There are classified reports, media reports and investigative documents that indicate that other attacks may have been planned. But the evidence on this question is speculative at best, and I do not believe anyone can assert that other attacks were thwarted on that day unless he or she is the one who either planned the attack or planned to carry it out."

Norman Mineta (public hearing before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States,; May 23, 2003)

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The war in Iraq was started due to the President's and the Vice President's desire to further fill the pockets of their cronies with more and more cash. That war was fought to win oil infrustructure contracts -- not oil, but oil related contracts. These are contracts for the establishement and maintenance of oil pipelines, pumping of oil, transportation of oil. Billions of US dollars per year in revenue. The French had the largest share of these contract and the Germans had a lesser part. Who yelled the loudest when we went in" You guessed it -- the French and the Germans. This war is about MONEY... as they always have been. Money and power.

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